The “Missing Link” in Managerial Network Dynamics

George B. Graen

in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398793
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The “Missing Link” in Managerial Network Dynamics

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This chapter discusses the understanding on managerial leadership, and how training using the strategic alliance model can enable more business managers of human talent to become leadership competent. The problem of misguided leadership talent in companies is described. The chapter then assesses the leadership motivated excellence (LMX) theory. LMX S/B research shows that forming a network of strong strategic alliances is vital in team leadership. Interpersonal alliances permit the members to combine their resources to participate in more interesting and challenging work and report more satisfaction on their jobs. They were also a reaction to felt inadequacy of influence in a position. Being authentic and taking career risks is the better way to forge strategic alliances. Before the potential leaders can advance, they need to forge a proper set of strategic alliances.

Keywords: managerial leadership; leadership motivated excellence; strategic alliance model; business managers; misguided leadership talent; team leadership; interpersonal alliances

Article.  11936 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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